News Archive

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Congratulations to our High School Seniors!

Congratulations to our graduating High School Seniors!  On Sunday, June 13, our church was able to present Scholarships to our Seniors as they head off to higher education. [ more ]

Congratulations to Connor on his Ordination

On Sunday, January 10, we celebrated the Service of Ordination for Connor Filkins virtually. While the format was different, it was a joy to witness this important moment in Connor's life and the life of our congregation. Congratulations, Connor, and we wish you every blessing in your ministry to the church of Jesus Christ!

If you missed it, you can still witness the service by clicking here.

We celebrate this wonderful and sacred milestone in Connor's life with him and his family and offer thanks to God for the journey of faith that has brought him to this special day!

Christmas 2020 at First Church

"Do not be afraid; for behold—I am bringing you good news
of great joy for all the people: to you is born this day in the city of David a Savior,
who is the Messiah, the Lord."

Please join us as we celebrate this holy and sacred time!

We have several opportunities for worship, including a "Blue Christmas" service, as well as Christmas Eve and Epiphany services.

My deep prayer for each of you is that even in these unusual times, as we miss one another and our beloved traditions, may you look for signs of the blessing of the Christ Child and discover anew the hope, peace, joy, and love because of his presence in our lives. Yours in Christ, Pastor Kathymore ]

Virtual Christmas Concert

Virtual Christmas Concert -- Our music minister, Jeanette Gross, along with members of our congregation,  are offering a virtual Christmas concert, available on our YouTube Channel or Facebook, for your enjoyment any time during the holidays.  [ more ]

Contactless Food Drive a Great Success!

The Board of Christian Education sponsored a contactless Food Drive on May 16 to support elderly church neighbors in need and Master's Manna.  We are overwhelmed by the generosity of our church family--over 1,245 pounds of food was collected and donated! [ more ]

Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper and Pancake Flipping Races

The Annual Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper, sponsored by our Deacons, was held on Tuesday, February 26 at 6:00 p.m. It is always a festive evening, starting with delicious pancakes and sausage. Then the fun really began with the Pancake Flipping races! [ more ]

Chili Cook-off and Barn Dance

On Sunday afternoon, March 8 from 4:00-7:00 p.m. in Congregational Hall, the Board of Family Life sponsored a Chili Cook-off and Barn Dance, which was a wonderful event, full of laughter, great food and fun dancing.  [ more ]

The 2019 Advent and Christmas Seasons Celebrated Joy

The 2019 Advent and Christmas Season at First Congregational Church was filled with joy as we experienced the holidays through the lens of the beloved Christmas carol classic, "Joy to the World" as it turns 300 this year.

There was an abundance of making a "joyful noise to the Lord" with wonderful musical offerings from our experienced choir members to the youngest children. [ more ]

Breaking Bread Together

During this season of thanksgiving and "breaking bread together", we give thanks for all of our blessings and the meaningful ways our church impacts our lives and the lives of others, and we recommit ourselves through the gifts of our time, talent, and treasure.  And we celebrate by sharing a meal! [ more ]

Great Fun at our Kids' Halloween Party!

On Sunday, October 27, 2019, the Board of Christian Education sponsored a wonderful and fun-filled Halloween Party for kids 0-10.  Congregational Hall was decorated to make it "spooky", and there were snacks, games, music and a costume parade. Kids were encouraged to bring their friends, and to come in costume. [ more ]

Congratulations to our Member in Discernment

An Ecclesiastical Council for our Member in Discernment, Connor Filkins, was held in the sanctuary on Thursday, October 3, 2019. An Ecclesiastical Council is a meeting of the delegates of the New Haven Association of the United Church of Christ to examine members in discerment for fitness for ordained ministry. We are pleased to announce that Connor was approved for ordination, pending call, by the Ecclesiastical Council. [ more ]

Catch the Spirit 2019

September 8, 2019 was Catch the Spirit Sunday, our celebratory kick-off to another exciting program year. As part of our celebration, we had a Blessing of the Backpacks for all children, students of all ages and educators. Following worship, our traditional hot dogs, chips and ice cream were served on the Parade Ground. Join us for fellowship and the renewal of the Spirit in your lives at First Church, where we believe that Faith Makes a Difference!  You are welcome no matter where you are on life's journey! [ more ]

2019 Mission Trip to Dexter, Maine--Mission Accomplished!

July 21-27 Youth Mission Trip to Dexter, Maine--Our dedicated youth and intrepid adults repaired homes, shared love and concern, and celebrated their faith in Dexter, Maine on this year's mission trip. We rejoice with them as they spread God's love and blessings in the world through their hard work and care for others. [ more ]

Rev. Margaret Jay's Retirement Service and Celebration of Ministry

Rev. Margaret Jay's last Sunday service with us before her retirement on July 15, 2019 was celebrated on June 30, 2019. Following the 10:00 a.m. worship service, over 200 church members and friends attended a reception honoring her ministry in Congregational Hall.  Margaret was presented with tributes, gifts, delicious food and our best wishes as she embarks on the journey of retirement. [ more ]

Celebrate Wallingford a Great Success!

October 6-7--Celebrate Wallingford. For the first time, our church participated in this year's Celebrate Wallingford, the festival which takes place in the center of town, right outside our front door.  With the support of our church members, it was a great success. [ more ]

Easter 2019

Easter is a special and sacred time in the life of the church, when we celebrate the Risen Christ and the renewed promise of God's love and new life.  [ more ]

Palm Sunday 2109

Palm Sunday worship at our church is a very special moment in the church year. We begin the walk through Holy Week alongside Jesus on the journey of the last week of his life, which culminates with the joyful good news of Easter Sunday. [ more ]

The Wizard of Oz--A Delightful Production!

On the first weekend of April, we were off to see the Wizard!  First Church mounted a delightful production of "The Wizard of Oz."  The cast was made up of church members of all ages, and many more people worked on the play behind the scenes.  [ more ]

The 2018 Church Fair was a Wonderful Success

November 30 and December 1, 2018-- The "Home for the Holidays" Church Fair was a wonderful success! Thanks to the efforts of so many volunteers who organized, planned, cooked, baked, set-up, cleaned-up, sold, created crafts, provided music...the list goes on and on...the two days were full of joyful spirit. [ more ]

A Commemoration of the 100th Anniversary to the End of WWI

November 10, 2018 -- The First Congregational Church presented a special commemoration of the 100th Anniversary of the ending of World War I at 7 p.m. on Saturday, November 10 in the sanctuary.  [ more ]

All Hallow's Eve 2018

October 31, 2018 -- On a beautiful Halloween evening, with scores of families streaming by our front door, members of the Music Committee served warm apple cider, and spooky music wafted over the sidewalks. [ more ]

Thanksgiving Scavenger Hunt--A First Church Tradition

November 18, 2018--The Youth Groups and the Confirmation Class will be conducting their 25th Annual Thanksgiving Scavenger Hunt on Sunday, November 18, 2018. Your generosity will make a real impact on needy families in our community, truly showing how Faith Makes a Difference. [ more ]

We Celebrate Jeanette Gross's 25 years of Music Ministry

October 14, 2018 -- Our Minister of Music, Jeanette Gross, has served The First Congregational Church of Wallingford for 25 years.  This milestone was celebrated in style--and as a big surprise--on Sunday, October 14.  The choir planned special music and fun presentations. [ more ]

A Celebration of the Creative Spirit!

A Festival of Arts and a Celebration of the Creative Spirit was held at the First Congregational Church of Wallingford on Saturday and Sunday, October 13 and 14, 2018.  Members and friends of our church family a shared in a celebration of the creative spirit as we turned Congregational Hall into a wonderful display space for works of art in all mediums... [ more ]

Catch the Spirit 2018

September 9, 2018 was Catch the Spirit Sunday, our celebratory kick-off to another exciting program year. Registration for Church School took place and classes resumed.  Following the 10:00 a.m. worship service, our traditional hot dogs, chips and ice cream were served on the Parade Ground. Displays by our Boards and Committees demonstrated the range of ways for you to get involved in our church life and community. Join us for fellowship, the renewal of the Spirit in our lives and the joy of a new program year at First Church, where we believe that Faith Makes a Difference! [ more ]

Wallingford Workcamp 2018--A Blessed Experience

The 2018 Wallingford Workcamp was an amazing experience to all who participated--from the youth from around the country, to the people who were served, to the members at First Church who planned and implemented extensive preparations, as well as many Wallingford businesses and community members who donated their time, treasure, expertise and unbelievable amount of effort. Wallingford was blessed by all who participated in so many different ways--thank you. [ more ]

Cafe' Conversations

Over three sessions of Cafe' Conversations,  church members gathered for delicious food and meaningful conversation as we discussed what God is calling us to do and be in our time. [ more ]

Silver Lake Men's Fellowship Retreat Oct. 12-13

October 12-13, 2018 -- This October marks the 11-year anniversary of the ground breaking for the Herbie Knight III community building at Silver Lake in Sharon, CT. We are the only UCC church who takes responsibility for the maintenance and upkeep of any of the buildings. The retreat is intended to provide not only the winterizing of the facility, but an opportunity for the men of our congregation to fellowship with one another and reflect upon What God is Calling Them to Do. All men are invited and encouraged to come! Even if you have never joined us before, this great group of guys welcomes you for fellowship, laughter, thoughtful conversation and the opportunity to share meaningful work. This is an overnight opportunity, but staying overnight is not required. If you are interested in attending, or for more information on the facility needs and the fellowship, please contact Herb Knight (203-215-5100 or or the church office.

Confirmation Sunday 2018

On June 3, 2018, joy and the Holy Spirit filled our sanctuary when eight young people in the Confirmation class joined our church as official members. [ more ]

A Special Pentecost; We honor Pam and Heidi

On Pentecost Sunday, Sunday, May 20, 2018, our community celebrated the work of the Holy Spirit and our church school staff as the regular church school year came to a close.  We particularly lifted up the ministry of Pam and Heidi, our co-Superintendents of our church school, who are moving on to other things after 11 years of amazing and creative service to our children.  [ more ]

All Hallows Eve Concert Oct. 31, 2018

October 31, 2018 -- All Hallows Eve.  Join us on Halloween for a spectacular and spooktactular night at First ChurchA concert of organ and piano music--set in the spookily decorated sanctuary--will again be open to all those passing by.   [ more ]

Scholarship Sunday and Ice Cream Social June 2018

Sunday, June 17, 2018-- This Father's Day was a special morning at the 10:00 a.m. worship service as we honored our graduating high school seniors and the Scholarship Committee awarded scholarships. The Scholarship Commitee then offered an Ice Cream Social in Congregational Hall to honor the recipients and thank the congregation for their generous support of the Scholarship Fund. [ more ]

Sherry Perkowski Retires; Pam and Heidi's Last Sunday

After many years of service as our Sexton, Sherry Perkowski is retiring at the end of June.  Her work among us was celebrated on June 24 at the 10:00 a.m. service.  It was also Pam Perkowski and Heidi Bonassar's last Sunday as Co-Superintendents of our Church School, and we again thanked them for their ministry to our children.more ]

Church School News Spring 2018

Our Church School is involved in lots of special projects and activities.  You can join us or help out in several ways... [ more ]

Thanks for your Generosity!

Thanksgiving Scavenger Hunt -- Thanks to your generosity, our Youth Groups were able to collect a bountiful supply of food items--enough that members of the Board of Community and World Service were able to assemble 60 bags of food to distribute to families in need. [ more ]

Season of Gratitude

November was our Season of Gratitude and Generosity!  During the month of November, we paid closer attention to all of our blessings and celebrating Gratitude and Living Generously. [ more ]

Decorating our Christmas Tree

It has become a tradition at our church that a group from our Men's Ministry select and cut down a Christmas tree to grace our Sanctuary during the Advent and Christmas season.  Other folks then join in and decorate it!  [ more ]

Mission Trip Thank You Dinner

September 30, 2017 -- On Saturday evening, the Senior High youth and adults who participated in the 11th Annual Mission Trip to Cedar Grove, West Virginia, offered a delicious Thank You dinner to the congregation in appreciation for their support.  [ more ]

Our New Heating System is Complete!

After countless hours of research and consideration, the Board of Trustees has approved a $386,075 contract with CT HVAC, Inc. to replace our heating system. After adding 20% for unexpected occurrences and cosmetic repairs once the job is completed, the total estimated cost for the project is $463,290.  The new heating system is finally installed, and we are enjoying the delights of silent, reliable heat in the Sanctuary! [ more ]

Diana Majchrzak Appreciation Sunday

September 24, 2017  -- For 18 years, Diana Majchrzak was the welcoming face and voice of our congregation, and it is with a deep sense of thanksgiving for her grace-filled service that we were able to show our appreciation and celebrate her ministry among us with a reception at Coffee Hour following the 10:00 a.m. service. [ more ]

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